Bras N Things Turn Up the Heat with SS17 Blue Ruby Swim Collection launch

Get ready for beach days and sizzling summer nights, as Bras N Things turn up the heat with the launch of the Blue Ruby SS17 Swim collection.

Designed in Australia by the highly acclaimed Josie Iemma and exclusive to Bras N Things in store and online, the Blue Ruby Swim collection features bold statement pieces, sexy lines and fun tropical prints.

With pieces specifically designed to go from sunny days by the pool to balmy nights out, this collection is worn to be seen and is perfect for social summertime.

The stunning turquoise water of pristine Cable Beach and rugged red rock cliff face of Gantheaume Point in Western Australia was chosen as the backdrop for the 2017 campaign, which features Australian models including Perth local Nicole Harrison and rising star Megan Blake Irwin.

Guaranteed to set the scene for long days by the water and hot nights out with friends, this collection sees sophisticated classic black and white pieces featuring caged strapping, hardware detailing and strong, high cut lines alongside bright, festival inspired velvet, fun frills and boho and tropical botanical prints in two-piece sets and stylish one-pieces.

Bras N Things GM of Product Francesca Anderson explains the Ruby Swimwear collection takes inspiration from a number of summer influences for this season.

“There is really something for everyone, from our lingerie inspired layer crochet looks to boho tile prints or classic black silhouettes, there are styles to suit every woman no matter how she likes to spend her summer days and nights.”

“Luxe lace ups mixed with surface interest fabrics and gold hardware give the classic shapes a touch of glamour, we’ve included a nod to the 80s and 90s with retro frills and high leg lines, and everyone is loving our velvet two and one pieces – a big trend for summer. Our botanical tropical palm print, as part of our mix and match separates range, are a fun addition and include a fabulous full cup and high waist options.”

Best of all, with sizes ranging up to an E cup in selected styles and every piece coming with Bras N Things’ unique fit guarantee there is a style to suit every woman this season.

“The Australian Bras N Things design team crafted this collection using our specialised knowledge of the female form, and whether she is looking for comfort, sexy lines or playful fun in the sun, our trained fitting experts are on hand in all Bras N Things stores Australia-wide to assist customers to find the perfect addition to their summer wardrobe,” Francesca said.

The Blue Ruby range of swimwear is priced from $69.99 per bikini set and $79.99 for one-piece. For a full list of stores or to shop online visit www.brasnthings.com

Source: Bras N Things


Australian Skiers Fly to Aspen Snowmass On New Route

United Airlines have announced a new, non-stop service between Sydney and Houston, Texas. Not only will it be the only nonstop service between Australia and Houston, but is timed to connect perfectly with direct flights to Aspen Snowmass.

Inward flights will arrive in Aspen Pitkin County Airport at 1.52pm, in time for an afternoon ski. Departing flights leave at 3.10pm, allowing Aussies one last glorious morning of schuss before getting on the plane. The best part? Prices are from $1250 AUD for January 2018.

With new routes having recently been announced to Aspen Snowmass with Qantas through Los Angeles, and with Virgin last northern ski season, this is the third major airline announcement for the ski resort in four years. It’s a massive bonus for Australian skiers who are the resorts’ number one international market.

“We love Aussies, and they love our four mountains, authentic mining town atmosphere and incredible dining ”, says Jeff Hanle, Director of Public Relations, Aspen Skiing Company. “Australian skiers have been and continue to be our top internationals and more routes to get them here is extremely welcomed. Open up those skies and keep them coming.”

Alison Espley, managing director of Japan and Pacific Sales, says United Airlines is equally committed to the Australian market. “We are delighted to provide travellers from Sydney with unparalleled easy access to the U.S. and beyond through this new route launch. United carefully planned this route with the convenience and comfort of our customers in mind.”

These new flights only further cements Aspen Snowmass’s ties to Australia, which is now in it’s fourth year of holding an Australia Day (complete with vegemite and Tim Tams) and the Neil Perry (a resort Ambassador, along with Torah Bright) judged Food Competition with top chefs which have included interpretations of pavlovas, sausage rolls and lamingtons.

United Airlines will continue with direct flights via Los Angeles and San Francisco to Aspen Snowmass.

Source: Aspen Snowmass


Gigi Gorgeous on the future of vlogging and why she was embarrassed of her first videos

Vogue spoke with beauty vlogger Gigi Gorgeous ahead of VidCon 2017.

What started you on your YouTube career?

“Honestly, I would have to say what started my YouTube career was pure boredom. I was in ninth grade, in a catholic school where I felt I couldn’t completely express myself and when my best friend Marc Lamentac mentioned that he watched a YouTube video of Michelle Phan doing her makeup start to finish, I was intrigued and instantly hooked after that.”

Was it hard to get it ‘out there’ straight away – was it ever frustrating to the point you thought ‘Who is actually going to watch my channel?’

“At the beginning, I actually hid a lot of my videos from my entire family and some of my friends because I was embarrassed. I didn’t know anyone doing this; filming themselves and posting it online, so I felt weird about it. But my younger cousin saw one of my tutorials online, told my Mom and she confronted me about it and the rest is history.”

YouTube is the place so many people use as their point of news/entertainment/information contact – do you take a look at ‘traditional’ media at all?

“I love waking up every day and checking my social media platforms to see what I’ve missed. I also do turn to traditional media and read a variety of online outlets for additional news.”

What are three or four tips you would give to someone starting a YouTube channel?

“Be authentic, stay consistent, and be confident. Since I essentially started making videos when YouTube was still new, I have had time to build my confidence. I now feel more confident than ever, as I have a strong support system. It’s very important to know yourself before entering the YouTube community and having an idea of what you want to create. Viewers will see what is really you and what is not. Be true to yourself.”

Is it important to stick with what you know – as opposed to trying to be all things to everyone?

“I think it’s a little bit of both. Sticking with what you know is key, because you can speak to it and feel confident about what you put out. However, I also think it is important in listening to what your audience is saying, taking it and applying it to your ideas.”

What will the next 5–10 years bring: where can you see your channel going?

“I have always said and will continue to say that it is SO important to have fun and enjoy what you do, especially in this industry. It is so easy to get caught up in it all and possibly lose yourself when people are telling you what to say and potentially who to be. I see my career as a kaleidoscope of endless possibilities. I have a very strong work ethic and I basically want to take over the world (hehe).”

What is your favourite thing about creating content – the reaction you get from people and that fantastic sense of having built a real, interactive community?

“By far my favourite part about creating content is just that; it’s my content. I’ve had a variety of different work experiences, but nothing compares to the freedom YouTube and what new media gives you.”

How important is an event like VidCon for you to all get together, as I’m sure it probably doesn’t happen very much?!

“It’s surreal whenever an event like VidCon goes down. Whether it’s LA, Amsterdam or most recently Australia, the feeling is none other than electric. I’m a very visual person and whenever I get to meet, hug, laugh, or even cry with people; it is absolutely magical. They are the ones who keep me strong, keep me going, and keep me – me.”

Who do you look up to in the creator space and admire?

“This might sound cheesy, but I see all of us YouTubers as one big family. We all literally started from the bottom and whenever ANY person reaches a big moment, I have nothing but love and support. I love creators like Tyler Oakley, Lilly Singh, Eva (MyLifeAsEva), Lauren (LaurDIY), EpicMealTime, Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart, Mamrie Hart. They all share the same message that being unique is amazing and that you should embrace it and hope that it empowers others in doing so.”

What do you see as the next new frontier when it comes to online creation/creators?

“Social media is everchanging with the constant tweaks and updates to its platforms, but I think what’s next is finding more ways to push boundaries. Sharing the most intimate and raw look into someone’s life to hopefully educate others on whatever it is they are going through is such a powerful tool. I released a documentary with YouTube Red entitled “This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous” and it has been the most transparent and intimate piece of work I have ever released.

But having said that, it’s been the most rewarding. Letting kids, teens and adults all over the world know that they are NOT alone is so important, especially in times like now. There is so much anger, hate and pressure in the world to be perfect, but at the end of the day I want to let them know that you’re beautiful because you’re different.”

Is there one creator space that viewers can never get enough of?

“I think beauty and fashion is BOOMING more than ever right now in the YouTube space, but having said that I think the personal stories are what keep the viewers tuned in. I’ve noticed that when I started sharing more about my personal life with my supporters, it made us closer.

I think it’s human nature to be fascinated by other peoples’ lives and YouTube is a perfect outlet for that. You can watch a video about someone who’s just come out to their parents, someone venting about their break up, etc. YouTube is a beautiful space for people to share their personal stories and I have confidence in saying that this platform has saved many lives by allowing people to share these stories.”

Find her on YouTube here.

This article originally appeared on vogue.com.au 


Donna Hay returns with a brand new series for kids on Foxtel

Australia’s leading food editor and best-selling cookbook author, Donna Hay, is set to return to Foxtel with a brand new series just for kids, Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids, premiering exclusively on Foxtel’s Lifestyle on Thursday, October 19 at 7.30pm AEDT.

Donna’s vibrant new 8 x 30 minute series will focus on fun and healthy recipes especially for children. Each episode will feature a selection of recipes based on a different theme, including ‘Movie Night’ and ‘Treasure Hunt’, filmed in different Australian locations and featuring children, families and, of course, Donna dishing out fabulous food tips for both kids and their parents.

“It’s so special to be able to introduce kids to the wonders of cooking – I wanted to share the recipes I know they love, plus some really magical activities as part of the food journey”, said Donna.

“It’s all about kids and families enjoying a healthy lifestyle – and having a lot of fun along the way.”

In episode one, Donna prepares some deliciously healthy treats for a kids’ movie night: peanut fudge chocolate slice, coconut popsicles, nacho bowls and a delightful twist on popcorn featuring choc coconut, maple butter, cinnamon sugar, lime and chilli.

Donna Hay is one of the world’s leading food creatives and a much-loved household name whose brand continues to soar, encompassing everything from her self-titled magazine to her best-selling cookbooks, extensive homewares range and online retail store.

Since launching the magazine in 2001, Donna has released 26 cookbooks, which have sold over six million copies worldwide and been translated into 10 languages, setting the benchmark for food publishing worldwide and inspiring a whole new generation of cooks.

In 2016, Donna hosted the popular series Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance, an 8-part cooking show on Lifestyle Food that showed viewers how to master a repertoire of simple recipes and use easy variations to transform them into something brilliant.

Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids is produced by Donna Hay Productions and is exclusive to Foxtel’s Lifestyle.

Donna Hay Basics to Brilliance Kids premieres on Thursday, October 19 at 7.30pm AEDT on Lifestyle. Following its broadcast on Lifestyle each week, each episode will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel Now.

Source: Foxtel


VAN HEUSEN X GQ MENTORS EVENT

Some of Australia’s most stylish men were treated to a night of life and style advice from new Van Heusen Mentors, Paralympic Gold Medallist, Kurt Fearnley, Australian cricketer, Mitchell Starc, swim sensation James Magnussen and human rights activist, Deng Adut last night amidst the loft of Beta Bar, Sydney.

Guests on the evening included Jack Tyerman, Danny Clayton as well as Channel 9 presenters Sophie Walsh and Amber Sherlock, who watched on as each mentor spoke of their path to success – from how they’ve navigated their career highs and lows to their approach on life and what drives them to remain leaders in their field.

For the business savvy and budding entrepreneurs in the room, leading tech expert and Founder of Adventure Capita, Stuart B Richardson joined Entourage founder and self-made millionaire, Jack Delosa providing tips for start-up businesses and how to negotiate challenges and stay focussed to get ahead. All agreed that the key to success is a simple one.

“Ideas are worthless. An idea is worth nothing, it’s a thought that comes and goes. Unless that idea gets oxygen and movement it’s a waste,” said Stuart B Richardson.

All mentors agreed there are vital factors in anyone’s quest for success. Perseverance, overcoming obstacles, self-belief, self-confidence & dedication were just some of the common themes and beliefs discussed.

 

“We live in a 21st century and we are still backward and we are still trying to oppress people. I don’t need a politician to let me know what to think. It’s my human right and I value it. What gives you the right to question it.” Deng Adut, NSW Australian of the Year.

“Start now. Think bigger. And go as hard as you can.” Stuart B Richardson, Leading Tech Entrepreneur.

“Everyone talks about grassroots and that’s where we came from. What you need to remember is to stay strong, and stay true to your beliefs.” Mitchell Starc, Australian Cricketer.

“What keeps you coming back for more is those moments of success. That’s where passion and inspiration comes from.” James Magnussen, Swimming Sensation.

“Every time I’ve found myself in a position where it could go either way, the community has lifted me up.” Kurt Fearnley, Paralympic Gold Medallist.

“Van Heusen is delighted to be continuing our promise of sharing the best life and style advice to Australian men. Last night was a celebration of our new Mentors and their incredibly inspiring stories and life learnings, providing the ultimate guide for success.” says Janine Buckman, Marketing Manager, Van Heusen.

On the evening, all mentors were suited up in Van Heusen and groomed by American Crew. This season Van Heusen offers new relaxed essentials, encouraging men to diversify their dress code.

Source: Van Heusen